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Immigration: Detainees

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many adults currently held in immigration removal centres in the UK have been held there for (a) less than six, (b) between six and 12, (c) 12 to 24 and (d) longer than 24 months. (272194)

[holding answer 1 May 2009]: The following table shows the number of adults detained solely under Immigration Act powers as at the end of December 2008 by length of detention.

Persons recorded as being in detention in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers by length of detention as at 27 December 20081,2

Number of persons

Of whom:

Length of detention3

Total detainees



Less than 6 months




6 months to less than 12 months



12 months to less than 24 months



24 months or more



Grand total




1 Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (‘—’ = 0), may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding and exclude persons detained in police cells, Prison Service establishments and those detained under both criminal and immigration powers.

2 Figures include dependants.

3 Relates to most recent period of sole detention.

4 People recorded as being under 18 on 27 December 2008. These figures will overstate if any applicants aged 18 or over claim to be younger.

5 Figures are based on management information. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, is subject to change and should be treated as provisional.

National Statistics on how many detainees, including children, are detained on a quarterly snapshot basis by length of detention is available in table 11 of the Control of Immigration Quarterly Statistical Summary United Kingdom publication

and from the Library of the House.